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PRESERVING FORESTS

We implement practices and measures to promote the sustainable production of commodities such as palm oil, soy, wood and derivatives, and beef.
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Fighting Deforestation

The global demand for agricultural commodities is one of the main causes of pressure on our forests.

In addition to its potential for carbon sequestration and climate regulation, forest are also the habit of around 80% of the earth’s terrestrial biodiversity.

Deforestation is thus one of the main sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Because palm oil, soy, beef and wood and paper fibres are the main agricultural commodities whose production is associated with the risk of deforestation, it is our objective to progressively ensure the sustainable origin of these ingredients present in our Private Brand and Perishable products.

Our “Zero Net Deforestation by 2020” commitment, set by The Consumer Goods Forum, is to contribute towards reducing the deforestation rate, thus preventing the loss of biodiversity.

In order to minimise this risk in our supply chain, we have been implementing a series of actions aimed at reducing the carbon emissions linked to forest destruction, preserving biodiversity and contributing towards eliminating the violation of Human Rights, Children’s Rights and/or Workers Rights linked to these commodities:

  • Since 2014, we have been mapping the presence of these ingredients in our products and questioning our suppliers as to their origin and sustainability certification, as well as answering the CDP Forests survey and publicly disclosing our answers.
  • We are members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RPSO) since 2017 and of the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) since 2019, initiatives that promote alignment with best sustainable practices in the production of palm oil and soy, respectively.
  •  We also participate in the Soy Buyers Coalition, a project led by The Consumer Goods Forum to design initiatives that contribute towards curbing deforestation in the main soy production regions of Brazil.
  •  Biedronka is a founding member of the Polish Coalition for Sustainable Palm Oil (PKZOP), whose goal is to certify 100% of palm oil in Poland by 2023.

Score obtained in CDP 2019

“A-”
FOR PALM OIL, SOY, BEEF AND PAPER & WOOD

Palm oil

Our strategy for palm oil is based on two aspects: i) substitution with vegetable oils with a better nutritional profile and ii) progressively ensuring its sustainable origin in cases where it is present in our products. In 2019, our suppliers stated that about 92% of palm oil used was certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

Soy

In 2019, the Group’s Private Brand products and Perishables had the direct presence of 9,113 tonnes of soy coming from countries at risk of deforestation1 and the indirect presence of 90,592 tonnes (e.g. soy used in animal feed). About 10% of soy from countries at risk had RTRS or ProTerra certification, thus ensuring that their production did not induce deforestation2.

Paper & Wood

Of the 92,026 tonnes of paper and wood that we have incorporated into our Private Brand products, 244 tonnes come from countries at risk of deforestation1, a decrease of 80%  compared to the previous year. Only 5% of the total paper and wood incorporated in our packaging comes from countries at risk of deforestation. In the Group’s total, more than 60% of virgin fibres from countries at risk of deforestation have certification ensuring their origin and sustainable production (FSC or PEFC).

Beef

Only 239 tonnes of beef, out of more than 42,000, present in Private Brand and Perishable products come from countries at risk of deforestation1, a reduction of 4.3% from 2018. Therefore, less than 1% is from areas at risk and, thus, our priority regarding traceability and sustainable certification will continue to be focused on the remaining commodities.

Notes:

1 The countries at risk of deforestation considered are defined in accordance with The Consumer Goods Forum’s guidelines for soy and paper and wood. The Group considers the same origins for beef as it does for soy.
2 In the entire global market, only 3% of the soy in existence is certified.

Independent Verification

Information of ingredients linked to deforestation in Private Brand products and Perishables was verified by an external and independent entity for the Group’s 2019 Annual Report.

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